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WESTERLY — Police have completed their investigation into a motorcycle crash along East Avenue earlier this month that killed a local woman and have turned their information over to the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General for review.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey confirmed Tuesday that the agency has completed its investigation into an Aug. 11 crash that killed a passenger, 58-year-old Westerly resident Doreen Billman, and left the driver, 47-year-old Pawcatuck resident Edward Herbert, with serious injuries. Lacey said all information related to the case was turned over to the Attorney General's office last week.

"It will be up to them to review the information and determine what, if any charges, (Herbert) would face," Lacey said.

Police could not discuss results of the investigation Tuesday because the matter remains active and no charges have been filed, he said.

According to press releases at the time of the incident, Westerly police, firefighters and personnel with the Westerly Ambulance Corps were called to the area of East Avenue near Sosoa Lane on Aug. 11 at 11:56 p.m. for reports of a motorcycle crash.

A preliminary investigation determined that Herbert's motorcycle was traveling north on East Avenue and failed to negotiate the corner at Sosoa Lane. The motorcycle then left the roadway, throwing both Herbert and Billman from the motorcycle.

Both were found off the road a short distance away from where the motorcycle had come to a rest.

Billman suffered life threatening injuries and was taken to Westerly Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Herbert was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with significant, but not life threatening injuries. He continues to work toward recovery, the police said.

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